21 January 2018 | Special January Brisbane Shapenote singing
More details on the Brisbane page
26-28 January 2018 | Australian Convention, Melbourne
More details on the Convention page
“Perhaps the chief promoter and good will agent of Sacred Harp music.”
Hugh McGraw started Sacred Harp singing in about 1953, when he developed an instant strong enthusiasm, and persuaded a second cousin (his “Uncle Bud” McGraw, a singing school teacher) to teach him about Sacred Harp music. McGraw then became a Sacred Harp composer, several of whose songs appear in the 1960 and subsequent editions of The Sacred Harp.
Kevin Barrans, a singer from Washington State in the US, provides an excellent overview of Sacred Harp Singing in this video from Seattle’s Art Zone.
Brisbane will hold its first 2017 singing session
Sunday 26th February, 2-5 p.m.
Upstairs hall of West End Uniting Church, corner of Vulture and Sussex St.
Ascend the stairs wiinding up the church exterior from the Sussex St passage-way.
Then take a deep breath, sip some Justice Products tea or coffee and SING LOUDLY!
Welcome, one and all.
The rich multicultural history of Protestant music, which absorbed in the folk styles of each region that was converted, is reflected in the repertory of the Sacred Harpers. There is the influence of John Calvin and the 1539 Genevan Psaltery and of the brilliant Scots psalmodists later in the sixteenth century, where unison and heterophony were fostered; of the musical reformers of the Anglican service; of the radical Methodists, like John and Charles Wesley, who brought many British folk and popular tunes into the hymnals by setting religious words to them; and, all-pervasive, of the Baptists, who led the way in the popular religious revivals in Britain and America and thus introduced many folk tunes and much folksy singing into the church.
From White Spirituals from the Sacred Harp, by Alan Lomax